Free range eggs back on menu

THE debate over whether the eggs you buy are really free range will now end at the supermarket shelf with a new industry code ending the uncertainty.

The new code defines South Australian produced free-range eggs as those produced on properties with no more than 1500 hens per hectare in a free-range system.

Business Services and Consumers Minister John Rau said the certainty the adopted code provided would be good for producers and meant South Australian shoppers would know they were getting the best free range product available.

“This gives South Australian egg producers an advantage, as shoppers looking for real free range eggs will buy South Australian eggs more regularly,” he said. An accreditation logo will be developed to appear on egg cartons that meet the requirements by early next year.

Mr Rau said an industry code achieved the best outcomes for South Australian egg producers without the need for legislation.

“There are those within the Parliament that want us to legislate for a free range standard,” he said.

“Queensland has shown that this does not provide certainty for producers or consumers.

“Queensland recently changed their stocking density from 1500 to 10,000 hens per hectare via regulation.

“South Australia is committed to a stocking density of 1500 and that’s what we are locking in.”

A new free range egg code for South Australia promises to benefit producers and buyers.

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